Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Simple Rustic "Headboard" Bench Tutorial



We have 9 garden beds in our yard.  One of our goals this summer was to put a structure piece in each garden. Two of the gardens already had something that we got  last year.   I showed you the simple DIY bench tutorial that we did here. for our new garden.   I showed you the pergola swing I got for my birthday/mothers day.  You can see that here if you want another peek. Our next focus became our large oak garden. I thought it would be fun to try a headboard bench. I really like it.  It's a simple, rustic bench. It literally took 60 min.to cut, build and paint.  

To make the bench you need a twin size headboard and 2-2x4's and  2-1x6's boards.  We had all the wood here so didn't have to buy anything.  You can use scrap pieces since you will be painting it as we did below.

I got my headboard at Salvation Army for half off $11.25.

To make the seat  measure the length of your headboard and make a simple 2x4 box like shown below. We cut 2- 34 1/2 " pieces and 3- 16" pieces.  Screw the box together with 2: deck screws. 
 He then cut  3 1x 6 pieces 34 1/2  " long.  One of the 1x6 pieces he cut 4" wide.  He screwed them on to the  box. 
Using a headboard provided back legs so we needed to cut 2 legs for the front.  He ripped a 2x4 in half and cut them 19" long. He then screwed the legs to the underneath side of the box.
Add liquid nails to the headboard.
And attach to the box.Carefully screw the headboard to the box.  The liquid nails can slip when screwing it.
The unpainted bench.-not so pretty! 
We added a coat of kiltz and then spray painted it. 
Here is the  finished bench in it's new home.   Nothing fancy, but definitely meets our needs and for the cost of under $10.00 it works great!


Here is the bench next to my lamp birdbath.


I hope you are having a great time beautifying your surroundings!  We sure are!!  


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34 comments:

Full Circle Creations said...

The bench looks great in the garden. Fun thing...Two weeks ago I was given two of that exact same headboard. Thanks so much for linking up to the All Star Block Party!

Holly

Ashley said...

What a great bench idea!! I love the way it turned out!! Thanks for sharing! Hope you can come visit me sometime over at projectbazaar.blogspot.com

Ashley

Tiffany said...

I LOVE it!!! I am going to be on the lookout for a cheap headboard now! You make it look so easy, I definitely want to try making one too. :) Just found your blog via Ginger Snap Crafts and I am your newest follower!

I'd love it if you came to visit my new blog I just started!
http://tiffanyandcoblog.blogspot.com

creativeladyofthehouse said...

That bench is way too cute. I came over from look what I made party. I am now following you on Bloglovin.

Meg said...

I'm dying for a headboard bench! This is so cute!

Thanks for linking up to the All Star Block Party.

SchneiderPeeps said...

Love it! Maybe I can con my boys into making one with me this summer.

Jessi W said...

What an innovative idea for reusing an old headboard; I love it! I'm glad you linked this up to The Fun In Functional!

Cynthia said...

Great project. Love how it turned out very creative. I repurpose furniture a lot too.

Cynthia

Creative Raisins said...

I love it, it is great to see something old becomes something functional and new.

Lynden Blossom said...

Hi - I'm here via Naptime Blog - Love the Bench - and the lamp Birdbath/feeder - ;-} Love Ann Voskamp, too! Nice to 'meet' you - Am Following via Google Friends -
Lynden
http://aneleganttouch-lynden.blogspot.com

Hani@Craftionary said...

There you go the birdbath found some wonderful company.. :) Thanks for linking up at friday fun party! Have a great weekend!

Claiming Our Space said...

I love it! I need to make one of these for my desk since Willow likes to lay next to me while I work so I can pet her. Since we both can't sit in my deskchair, she will lay next to me moping and sighing great sighs. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Ashley, thanks so much!! I did go visit and I'm following you on FB. Have a great day!

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Thanks Tiffany for following me. I appreciate it. I'm also following you. Cute blog design! Have a GREAT day!

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Thanks Creative Lady, I am now following you on FB. Thanks for visiting and following. Have a great day!

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Good Luck with that if they are anything like my boys. :) Although I'm sure they could handle it. It's pretty easy. Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Thank you Cynthia! Isn't it fun to re-purpose things! I love it! Have a great day.

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Thank you Creative Raisins. I love doing it. Cute blog, I'm now following via GFC. Have a GREAT day.

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Thanks Lynden for visiting and following. I am now following you by GFC. Have a GREAT day!

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Hani, Thanks for visiting and for hosting such a GREAT party!! Enjoy your day!

Karri Reiser said...

Wow! Your bench is beautiful. Thank you for linking to My Life's a Treasure's Our Favorite Things Link Party. I so wish me and hubby had the time to make one, I just love it.

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Wow! That is a great idea to use it for your desk chair. I'm sure Willow would LOVE it. Have a great day!

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Thanks Karri for your nice comment. It really didn't take that long to make. I'm going to add your link to my blogs to link too. Have a great day!

Connie said...

My husband has made sevral of these. Loves good. Thanks for linking at Wow Us Wednesday.

Christine said...

SO PRETTY!!! When are you making one for me?

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

Nicole@Show Off Friday said...

That is such a great idea! Who would ever think such an old headboard could be turned into something so pretty! Thank you so much for sharing this project on my blog hop.

Donna @ dh designs said...

Great idea. I love repurposed items, it's so important to keep these from our landfills! Hmm now you've got me thinking about statement pieces for my gardens... job well done!

I'm visiting from Between Naps on the Porch.

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